The Making of a Collection
- Wallace Collection |
The paintings collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum was inaugurated in 1857 through John Sheepshanks's gift of around 500 modern British oil paintings, watercolours and drawings to found a 'National Gallery of British Art'.
His gift included major works by Turner and Constable as well as early 19th century genre painters including Landseer, Mulready and Wilkie. In 1901 a bequest made by Constantine Alexander Ionides introduced outstanding works by Burne-Jones and Rossetti.
Susan Owens, Curator of Paintings at the V&A, will give an overview of the wide range of Victorian pictures in the collection, from genre painting, through the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers, to the fin-de-siecle decadence of Aubrey Beardsley.